5 Beauty Treatments You Can Make From What's In Your Kitchen

May 11, 2015
by Meagan Morris for Thrive Market
5 Beauty Treatments You Can Make From What's In Your Kitchen

Bye bye, Botox. See ya, scary-sounding fillers.

You don't need to visit a dermatologist's office or a pricey hair salon to get beautiful, glowing skin or shiny, voluminous hair. Your own kitchen is full of powerful ingredients that can do the job just as well.

Not sure where to start? We've created a few all-natural beauty treatments that you can whip up in seconds with foods you probably already have on hand. Ready, set...get beautiful!

Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Avocados are packed full of healthy fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, all of which can help nourish your strands, pump up the shine and protect from sun damage.

It's really easy to make, too!

Ingredients

1 or 2 ripe avocados
1 tablespoon almond oil
1 tablespoon raw honey

Mash the avocados in a bowl and mix in the oil and slightly warm honey.

Apply the mixture to your hair and cover with a shower cap for 15 minutes. Rinse and follow with your shampoo and conditioner, if necessary.

Soothing Papaya and Citrus Face Mask

There's a reason so many skincare products use papaya: The exotic fruit contains enzymes that work to gently exfoliate the skin, while vitamin E and C provide much-needed moisture and free radical protection.

Ingredients

1 whole papaya, blended
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons warmed raw honey

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, or simplify by mixing in a blender.

Apply the mixture to your face and neck, wait 15 minutes and rinse. Follow with your preferred toner and moisturizer.

Simple Exfoliating Sugar Scrub

Sure, avoid sugar in your diet, but sugar is a welcome ingredient in body treatments.  Sugar crystals are gentle exfoliator that can buff away dead skin cells, leaving you with glowing skin.

Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar
½ cup coconut oil
Favorite essential oil (for fragrance)

Melt coconut oil on very low heat. Pour over the brown sugar and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Rub the mixture all over your body (it's easier in the shower!), leave it for a few minutes and then rinse.

Note: Be sure the essential oil is made for use on the skin and always do a skin patch test to ensure you don't have an allergic reaction.

Hair-Brightening Tea Rinse

Hair looking a little dull these days? Use your favorite tea to add a little boost without hitting up the salon!

Ingredients

2 tea bags (chamomile tea is good for blondes, black tea for dark hair, and orange tea for redheads)
2 cups water

Steep the tea bags in boiling water for 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and pour over clean hair. Rub through your hair, wait for 10 minutes and then rinse. Condition as usual to seal in the antioxidants.

Skin-Saving Berry Scrub

Strawberries are packed full of antioxidants that both brighten and soothe tired, stressed skin. Bonus: They're a natural anti-aging agent!

Ingredients

3 medium strawberries
1 tablespoon raw honey

Remove strawberry stems and cub into small pieces. Smash in a bowl and add slightly-warmed honey until it's mixed thoroughly. Apply to face by massaging in small circles for several minutes. Rinse and follow with your preferred moisturizer.

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Agave Nectar: A Natural Alternative to Sugar

  • Maria Lourdes Guinto

    The exfoliating sugar scrub seems to be the easiest.

  • Douglas Brown

    I am somewhat reluctant to show this to my wife, as she will probably end up using all the food in our kitchen! She is really into beauty products and things like that, and I can imagine her getting a little too carried away with things. We love avocado, and I know she does too, which is what worries me most! I want to use that in guacamole, instead of on her face! http://www.lightworksesthetics.ca/